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Mar 12, 2012, 09:41 PM
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*NEED HELP* Finding Projects For Gifted Senior Builders

Hi fellow modelers. I need some help aquiring some models and supplies for a unbelievable senior center project, that I visited today.

Please read the attacthed NBC story and watch the short video that I have attached, and it will pretty much explain the man & place that I visited, and what a inspiration he is to his fellow hobbiest residents (and me)!

Think about where you'll be in your 80's and this should touch your heart. I met Al, first hand today, and he gave me a new meaning to the word....."CAN'T" He can only see with peripheral vision, and uses an electronic, digital enlarger to build projects with.

Watching these guys build stuff, was like watching model builders in the past, acting like kids, adding years to, and enjoyment to their lives. I donated loads of balsa sheet & sticks, building supplies, and hardware. I had a few kits, but didn't really have the best selection (1/4 scale stuff isn't really gonna work out)! You know, all of that stuff you keep, but know that you'll never really need!

From what I observed, it would be great to donate any stick & tissue kits (Gillows type), small airplane kits (gas is fine...they just convert them to electric), small electrics, batteries, motors, controllers, boat kits under 30", sail boat kits would be great....they take them to the park and race them!, any HO Railroad items (their building a model RR in a corner of the "Man Cave", plastic model kits, any building supplies, etc. They also built r/c windsailers, that they "race" in the parking lot!!!

If you would like to donate anything, just email me at:
You can ship to me, and I will hand deliver, and tell them who the donater is (or not)
If you would like to donate to the senior center direct, I'll steer you in the right direction.

Thanks for your time. My (your) time will be there someday also.

Steve Schooler
Cypress, Ca.

Inventor Al Ladine, 83, examines one of his airplane models in the "man cave" at the Atria Woodbridge senior living community in Irvine. Ladine and his friends were building models in a small arts and crafts room at Atria Woodbridge but the women complained about the glue fumes and the sawdust so the management found a large room for him and residents to continue building radio-controlled boats, planes, land-yachts, even a solar-powered robot named Morty.
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Mar 12, 2012, 10:04 PM
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This is so awesome, I PRAY BLESSINGS on you for doing this and getting this out there in front of people.....

Their minds have to be improving, this has got to be much better for them instead of just sitting in their rooms starring at four walls........this is what giving back to the community is all about,

KUDOS TO YOU my friend....this is awesome.

Mar 12, 2012, 10:18 PM
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Thanks, Todd
I watched my father dwindle away, because he had no interests or hobbies.
I hated seeing that, but was so inspired by watching these guys.
I wish my father was still around, to put a bottle of CA in one hand,
and a model in the other. He would have died a happy man instead!
Mar 12, 2012, 11:59 PM
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ill check what i have that its in good cond and i dont use anymore.Great gesture from you and a great opportunity to be usefull and help the elders.
Mar 13, 2012, 06:13 AM
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This is awesome can you send me a list off the supply's I don't build much so don't know what they need but with list I can go to LHS and get some stuff to donate thanks we need more people like you they are the men that kept the hobby going for us to enjoy today thanks again. Junior NJ
Mar 13, 2012, 06:54 AM
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Great idea, and it makes you wonder why more senior centers are not doing this stuff.
Mar 13, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Thanks, karfrik
It very inspiring to see this effort in person, especially meeting with Al. Thank you very much for you consideration.

Mar 13, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Hi, Angry Bird

Thank you very much. The most needed items from a LHS would be glues. Now that more seniors have gotten involved, they all need bottles of glue, instead of just a couple of builders, as before. CA's, epoxy and "Titebond" types, would be great, or for that matter, anything that involves consumable hobby supplies. Thank you very much for your consideration. You can email me direct @
and I'll direct you where to send donations. I'll try to keep an updated story of the "Man Cave" effort, here on RCG.
Thanks again,
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Mar 13, 2012, 11:04 PM
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Being disabled myself I have a lot of time on my hands and the rc hobby makes dealing with health isuses etc so much more relaxing I'll see what I can dig up I am sure I could cough up some glues, tools, other misc and maybe a wood kit or two!!

Awesome thing you are dong here for these guys and gals!!
Mar 14, 2012, 01:23 AM
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Hi, Monstermanhbf

Thanks for the kind words. Actually, doing this for them, is really very rewarding for me. Gives me a whole new meaning of what this hobby is really all about.
Anything that you feel like donating, will be welcomed greatly. Consumables like glues, are a perfect thing to send them. The get a $50.00 "allowance" each month for supplies, and I think we both know, that won't go very far anymore in a LHS!

PM me at: and I'll help direct you where to send any items.
Thank you very much,


Originally Posted by Monstermanhbf
Being disabled myself I have a lot of time on my hands and the rc hobby makes dealing with health isuses etc so much more relaxing I'll see what I can dig up I am sure I could cough up some glues, tools, other misc and maybe a wood kit or two!!

Awesome thing you are dong here for these guys and gals!!
Mar 15, 2012, 03:45 PM
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This really is a great thing you are doing!
Mar 16, 2012, 12:48 AM
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Thank you.
This needs to be done at all senior centers.
It gives them something to look forward to every
morning. Just like a true modeler!!!!
Mar 17, 2012, 09:42 PM
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I can dig up a fair amount of plastic model kits that should be enjoyed by these folks, Ill be in touch. I think this is a great thing you are doing by the way.

Mar 17, 2012, 10:16 PM
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Mar 23, 2012, 11:43 AM
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I found some HO shrubs and trees in a plastic bucket.will send next week,will look for more...need address...mark

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